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NAUTICAL TERMS

ABAFT- BEHIND OF FURTHER AFT; ASTERN OF TOWARD THE STERN

ALL NIGHT IN- HAVING NO NIGHT WATCHES

BACKWASH- WATER THROWN AFT BY TURNING OF THE SHIP'S PROPELLER

BILGED- ACT OF STAVING IN THE SIDE OF A VESSEL; ACT OF FAILING AN EXAMINATION

BINNACLE LIST- SICK LIST; LIST OF MEN EXCUSED FROM DUTY; BACK IN THE OLD DAYS IT WAS POSTED ON OR NEAR THE BINNACLE

BINNACLE- LARGE STAND USED TO HOUSE A MAGNETIC COMPASS AND ITS FITTINGS

BITTER END- THE UTMOST END OF A LINE

BLACK GANG- SLANG FOR ENGINE ROOM FORCE

BREECHES BUOY- LIFEBUOY USED TO RESCUE PERSONS FROM STRANDED VESSELS. LINES ARE FIRED TO THE SHIP BY A LINE THROWING GUN OR ROCKET, AND THE PERSON TO BE RESCUED IS HAULED IN THE BUOY ACROSS THE INTERVENING WATER.

BROW- A LARGE GANGPLANK LEADING FROM THE SHIP TO A PIER, WHARF OR FLOAT, USUALLY EQUIPPED WITH ROLLERS ON THE BOTTOM AND HAND RAILS ON THE SIDE.

BUMBOAT- SMALL BOATS USED IN PORTS TO SELL MERCANDISE.

CATCH A CRAB- STRIKING A BOAT'S OAR AT THE WRONG ANGLE IN THE WATER DURING RECOVERY, THERBY LOSING CONTROL.

CATS PAW- A QUICKLY FORMED TWIST IN THE BIGHT OF A LINE BY WHICH TWO EYES ARE FORMED.

CHARLIE NOBLE- GALLEY SMOKEPIPE

COW'S TAIL- FRAYED END OF A ROPE.

DOGWATCH- ONE OF THE TWO HOUR WATCHED FROM 1600 TO 2000.

EASE HER- A COMMAND TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF RUDDER OR HELM.

FEEL THE WAY- TO PROCEED CAUTIOUSLY, TAKING SOUNDINGS WHILE DOING SO.